How many parents have experienced not being able to park in a parent and child parking bay due to all the spaces being taken?
It infuriates many parents when they have been unable to park in the spaces, particularly when they have been taken up by people with no children in the car.
The spaces are provided to allow parents to open the car door wide, so they can lift their children in and out of the car seat without risking damage to other vehicles. They are also positioned close to the trolley bays so parents can collect and replace trolleys quickly. Please note, a child should never be left in the car unattended.
Parent and child parking bays are not regulated, and it is not illegal to park in them without children, they are a courtesy provided by the store.
As the bays are normally on private land, enforcement of misuse of the bays resides with the car park operator or store. The store may issue a fine to those using the bays that do not have children with them.
There are no clear guidelines as to the cut off age for parent and child parking, however the child must be using a child car or booster seat. Some stores display a sign, detailing the age of children and that they must use a child car or booster seat.
So what can you do?
Many car parking arguments surround the misuse of parent and child parking bays, and the arguments can escalate very quickly. We do not recommend confronting the offending party.
If you have noticed someone who is parked in the bay with no children in the car, or no child seats, take down their number plate and notify the store. They will then normally put out a tannoy announcement and request the customer moves their vehicle, if the space has been misused.
What child age do you think should be the cut off for using parent and child bays?
Do you mind if a 'Mum-to-be' uses them?